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- Ian Watkins (born in Pontypridd, Wales on July 30, 1979) is the lead singer, and also one of the founding members, of the Welsh band lostprophets.
He was originally a drummer in a band called Public Disturbance along with current lostprophets guitarist Mike Lewis. When the band split, they reformed as Lozt Prophetz with Ian as the lead singer, Mike as bassist and a new guitarist, Lee Gaze. Eventually the band dropped the z's from their name and became known as lostprophets.
He has so far recorded 3 albums with the band, thefakesoundofprogress, Start Something and Liberation Transmission. Ian has sometimes expressed disappointment for the popularity among British media and music critics towards American rock bands rather than successful British rock bands...
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Valleys-born nu-metal sensations, plucked from obscurity on the British underground punk-rock circuit by the American record industry.
If Lostprophets seemed to spring from nowhere, you can hardly fault the British media. After all, the last place you'd expect to find the worlds hottest new punk band is on the streets of Pontypridd, an ex-mining town in the Welsh valleys.
But while their peers were, in the words of frontman Ian Watkins, discovering chart music, fighting, and kebabs, these six young men were swearing off drink and drugs, and immersing themselves in the underground culture of the British hardcore scene.
The band itself emerged from the ashes of Public Disturbance - a punk band that featured future Lostprophets members Ian Watkins on drums and Mike Lewis on guitar. With Watkins giving up the drums and taking up the microphone, and fellow Ponty schoolkids Lee Gaze (guitar) and Mike Chiplin (drums) joining the line-up, an embryonic incarnation of Lostprophets had coalesced by the end of 1997.
Early shows saw the band taking their diverse influences - thrash titans Anthrax, anthemic metallers Faith No More, and new-wave romantics Duran Duran - and forming them into a aggressive, melodic, but totally coherent whole.
British metal mags Kerrang! and Metal Hammer came on board immediately, heralding the band as one of Britain's first truly credible homegrown nu-metal acts. On the strength of a four track demo recorded with new bassist Stuart Richardson and vocalist/DJ Jamie Oliver, Lostprophets signed to London independent label Visible Noise in the summer of 1999, and headed into a Caerphilly studio to record their first album, Thefakesoundofprogress.
Released in November 2000, it was an immediate underground success - and by 2001, Lostprophets were effectively circumventing the British music industry, their independent album dipping in and out of the Top 100 on virtually no promotion beyond word-of-mouth. Gigs across the country sold out, attended by a fanbase brought up on Limp Bizkit, but eager to find heroes playing a sweaty stage somewhere near them.
For a few short months, Lostprophets were the best-kept secret in British rock music. And then, attracted by the buzz in a handful of credible transatlantic punk fanzines, the music industry came calling.
A trickle of emails from intrigued American record companies gradually escalated into a full-scale bidding war, which saw Lostprophets courted by some of the music industry's biggest hitters.
Picked up by Q-Prime, the management company that handles Metallica, they finally negotiated an American contract with Columbia in the summer of 2001 while remaining on Visible Noise throughout Europe. Their debut album was remixed by Metallica producer Michael Barbiero for the American market, and re-released in November 2001.
The inevitable backlash found some corners of the media condemning the Prophets as a nu-metal boy band, cruising through on their looks alone. Others still branded them as hopelessly arrogant fashion victims.
The band responded to criticism the way they knew best, hitting the road for support slots with bands as diverse as Linkin Park, Run DMC, and Pitchshifter, and blowing the headlining Andrew WK offstage on the NME Carling Premier tour that toured the nation in early 2002.
Critics that claimed the band were nothing more than nu-metal bandwagon jumpers were confounded by a cover of Duran Duran's A View To A Kill, which appeared on the bands March single, The Fake Sound Of Progress. The single charted at 21, confirming the band as a household name in Britain.
For the rest of 2002, the band turned their sights to the elusive American market, hitting the freeway with bands like The Apex Theory, Andrew WK, and Columbia labelmates Quarashi - although they returned to Britain over the summer for prestigious slots and the Ozzfest and Deconstruction festivals, two of the bands biggest shows to date.
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